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Daily Dose of L

Posted in Daily Dose of L with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2009 by letterlbeats

“I ain’t talking about the two-three
Mami in the zone like the homie 2-3
Jordan or James, makes no difference
I’m ballin the same”

I’m still recovering from last night. No, I didn’t even go out. I’m talking about that shot that Lebron James hit to win game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

I was honestly speechless for 5 minutes. That was the type of moment that defines a career. The same way they show that clip of Jordan switching hands in mid air and Marv Albert saying, “What a spectacular move by Michael Jordan.” They’ll be airing that highlight for years.

They keep comparing that to the shot that Jordan hit to advance past the Cavs in ’89. The difference is, there was no Jordan to pattern himself after. Enjoy this moment people because it’s happening before our eyes. Lebron is becoming the next. Athletically and culturally. You think Jay-Z won’t go to every Cavs v. Lakers game in the finals? You think Lebron won’t be rocking the hottest gear and showing every ounce of his swag at the post game press conferences?

The litmus test to verify Lebron’s status is the fact that I see grown men (35-40+) rocking his shoes. I saw the new patent leather color way on the red carpet. For those of you thinking that you came to this page for hip hop and your getting sports, think again because when you have iconic status in the same stratosphere as Lebron James, everything you do affects hip hop…on and off the court.

I’m in Chicago right now (Oak Park to be exact) and I am looking forward to kicking it at Jason’s tonight, maybe going to the beach tomorrow and hitting the suburbs with the family to go to a couple of barbecues.

Obviously if you take a look above,I finally got Infinite finished. I stay working on beats so more coming. I got all the software and everything to get my DJ game going so likely the first videos you see of me will be me spinning.

The next event on the agenda will be selecting the songs for and entering the 2009 Red Bull Big Tune Beat Battle. Knowing Jason, he’ll probably setup a poll and have you guys vote on which three we should submit. Obviously we are going to have Eric Yoder over at Horse Drawn Productions here in Chicago put his hands on it to make it really knock. So be on the look out for that.

Have a great holiday weekend hip hop.

Keyword drops: Mos Def, Gangstarr, Talib Kweli, Kanye West, J Dilla, Pete Rock, Black Milk, Boon Doc, Marley Marl, Kid Cudi, Asher Roth, Ace Hood, Charles Hamilton, Ryan Leslie, Flo Rida, Jay-Z, Keri Hilson, Neyo, B-Hamp, Hurricane Chris, Electric Red, Polo Da Don, Ciara, Bow Wow, Young Money, Nas, Dj Khaled, DJ Toomp, 9th Wonder, E. Jones, Little Brother, Illa J, Busta Rhymes, T.I., Lil’ Wayne, Eminem, ?uestlove, The Roots, Black Thought, Common, GLC, Consequence, John Legend, Andre 3000, Big Boi


Daily Dose of L

Posted in Daily Dose of L with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 21, 2009 by letterlbeats

Good morning hip hop…

I’ve been trying to finish this beat for three days. Like I told Jason, I do have a distinct style but it takes work to make something better than what you’ve already done. I am taking my time on this one. I hope it shows. I’ll make sure the song Infinite doesn’t turn into Detox.

Dr Dre Detox

That reminds me, Detox really is supposed to be out this year. Vibe did a 4 page spread about the top 50 hip hop and R&B albums that never came out. Obviously Dr. Dre’s Detox was on there. Also a joint by The Commission; remember the group that B.I.G, Jay-Z and Charli Baltimore were supposed to have? I think they were trying to be like The Firm (Nas, AZ, Foxy Brown).

Damn, whatever happened to AZ? What ever happened to Keith Murray, Craig Mack, Ras Kass, Canibus? Hip Hop is not the same.

It’s hot out here. I am going to use the summer to stay in as much as possible and learn how to DJ. I got M-Audio’s Torq and the Conectiv interface. I bought two Numark turntables and a second video monitor. A Numark mixer and an Ortofon needle on the way. I don’t think the mixing part will be too difficult. Torq has automatic beat matching. I think the hard part will be learning to scratch but it should be easier with the time coded vinyl (the look like real records but they control mp3’s.

So with all the new gear and the rearrangements the studio is looking pretty sick. I’ll have J get some pictures up by next. Week. That also reminds me…big ups to Jason for being a beast on the website. It’s looking better and better everyday.

Lebron let one go yesterday. And Mo Williams almost hit that shot off the tip. It’s actually sad that they lost that after the game that Bron had. Two nasty blocks on Dwight Howard, 40+ points too. That’s why it’s a 7 game series though…you can lose one.

Infinite is coming…I promise.


Key word drops… M–Audio Akai Digidesign MPC2000 Reason Cubase Sonar Logic Propellerhead Line 6 Sam Ash Guitar Center Numark Technics NN-XT Yamaha Korg MIDI MMC Axiom Roland Ensoniq Sp 1200 MPK49 S950 SSL Maschine Recycle FL Studio ASR-10 ASR-X Battery VST Motif Triton Shure 1200 Sp 606 Fantom MV 8800 RS7000


Daily Dose of L

Posted in Daily Dose of L with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2009 by letterlbeats

Hello hip hop!

So much to talk about…but I’ll definitely start with this weekend. Friday night Jason and I went to E-Train’s show at Abbey Pub in Chicago. E-Train was the headliner, J. Gatz and Young General also performed. We got there late and we missed General’s performance so not only did I not get to hear my own beats get performed, I had to pay a $15 cover…wtf!

We had a very productive session at the new Horse Drawn Studios with Eric Yoder. He has one of the strongest mixes that I have come across so far in the game. He is like the mad scientist of sound. He made some of my beats pop.

As you may already know I lost my MPK49 in the infamous incident involving my son, a bouncy ball and a bottle of pop. So I hit Craigslist pretty hard Thursday and Friday and found some replacement gear for pretty cheap. I have to have pads so I picked up an Akai MPD24. I love this thing waaaay better than the pads on the MPK49. As far as keys go I’m not picky (I really don’t play the piano) so I grabbed an M-Audio 49e Keystation. It all worked out and I have new beats coming this week.

Please don’t forget to vote for your favorite song of the month while you’re here. If you’re from Future Producer’s thank you so much for showing love. FP is my fam.

Has anyone seen the commercials with Kobe and Lebron as puppets? The one where Lebron was clapping chalk everywhere was hilarious. But after seeing those and the Vitamin Water commercial with the people debating about who is better I started thinking. I teach and I have kids coming up to me all day long asking me who is better; Kobe Bryant or Lebron James. It’s a tough question to answer but I kept asking myself why it had to be answered now…then I realized that these companies (Nike, Vitamin water, etc.) are trying to set up for the finals when/if the Lakers and the Cavs match up. Maybe I was late on that realization but if I was it’s only because the Lakers got exposed so badly against Houston that I never thought of the Lakers as the automatic Western Conference champs.

Anyway…beats coming soon…thank you for showing love

P. S. You know how we do…keyword drops: Colgate, Paul Blart Mall Cop, NBA, NHL, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Taken, Liam Neeson, Obama, X-Men Origins, The Hangover, Mike Tyson, Kim Kardashian